October 2, 2013

National Park Closures

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Highway 9 through Zion National Park is still open

National Park Closures

DON’T PANIC and don’t cancel your plans!  There is still a lot to do and see in southern Utah.  INCLUDING seeing a portion of Zion and Bryce National Parks

Yes, it is true National Parks across the country are officially closed.  However, talk to the locals and you will find there are well traveled locations to overlook into the parks that are still viewable for the general public.

There is still A LOT to do and see in southern Utah!

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK:  Highway 9 through ZION NATIONAL PARK is still open which provides views to many of the popular park features including the mile long tunnel and Checkerboard Mesa.  Also open is the giant screen movie Treasure of the Gods which presents grand views of Zion’s not readily accessible from the general areas.

CEDAR BREAKS, is the road through Cedar Breaks, also open and the views are accessible, but all buildings will be closed and unmanned.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, 20 minutes outside of St George, is a great spot to visit as well.

BYRCE CANYON NATIONL PARK: Best Western Ruby’s Inn offers a private shuttle and viewing location into Bryce Canyon.  Southern Utah also has several historic sites, and ghost towns worth checking out.

We recommend calling a Best Western close to each National Park to find out what additional attractions there are to visit in each area.  There are known outlooks that give access into the parks.  Those still make a trip worthwhile.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, St. George, BW Coral Hills 800-542-7733

ZION NP: BW Zion Park Inn 800-934-7275

BRYCE NP: BW RUBY’S INN: 435-834-5341, BW PLUS Grand Hotel: 435-834-5700

CEDAR BREAKS: BW El Rey Inn & Suites: 435-586-6518, BW Town & Country 435-586-9900

September 30, 2013

Rappelling in Southern Utah

 

Rappelling in Southern Utah

Rappelling in Southern Utah

Rappelling in Southern Utah and St. George is alive and well with a multitude of locations to choose from.

rap·pel

/ræˈpɛl, rə-/ Show Spelled [ra-pel, ruh-] Show IPA noun, verb, rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling.

noun

1.  (in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.

verb (used without object)

2.  to descend by means of a rappel.

Origin:
1930–35; < French:  mountaineering term, literally, a recall.

 

 

Here are some videos demonstrating rappelling.

Some great, popular spots for repelling are:
Zion National Park
Snow Canyon State Park
Dixie Rock (above the city)
Virgin River Gorge
• Kolob Plateau


 


 

 

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September 9, 2013

THRILLER returns to Tuachan, near St. George, Utah

THRILLER returns to Tuacahn, near St. George, Utah

October 25 – Nov 1 See Calendar For Times

If Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” isn’t part of your yearly Halloween tradition, it should be. The spooky spectacular combines technical aspects of dance while paying homage to the stars of All Hallows’ Eve.

Throughout the two-hour program, “Thriller” highlights all the heroes of the season, including Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, skeletons, mummies and werewolves. But among the ghouls, you’ll find other unlikely heroes of Halloween, such as Bubbles the Clown and the “Giggle Girl,” who sings and maniacally laughs her way through songs such as “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus.”

Click HERE for Odyssey Dance Theater, Thriller

Click HERE for a THRILLER preview!

Critics agree that Odyssey Dance Theatre is nothing short of spectacular:

“Compelling dance performed to perfection! Young, trim, slim, and athletic…Great fun!” –The Spectrum

“Odyssey’s Thriller”..a delightful “Dance Macabre”….As for humor, there were bucket loads. Laughs abounded during a “Romeo & Juliet” inspired “Frankenstein & Frankenstein” and “Jason Jam,” a work that used a lot of percussive dancing, a la “Stomp”, that spotlighted three “Friday the 13th” villains dancing with ice picks, machetes and, of all things, chain saws. The whole idea was cool…” — Scott Iwasaki, Deseret News.

Whenever you stay with the Best Western Coral Hills show your ticket stubs for the event and receive a 10% discount.

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September 4, 2013

Halloween Zombie Run!

Zombie Run! Come participate in the Halloween 5K … as if zombies could run a 5K. 

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Zombie Run 5K

What do Runners do in a Zombie Run? The survival area will be the old St. George airport.  A secure course was set up as a survival area but is has been overrun. Runners will be given a life belt containing two life-tags (flags) which the Zombies will try and steal from you.  Cross the finish line with at least one tag and consider yourself a winner…and alive. There will be obstacles to participate in or they can be bypassed. Tip: Runners who participate in obstacles will get a chance to grab new life tags if they complete the challenge. Be one of the first to cross the line with at least one tag and you’ll also win something.  C’mon what’s a race if you don’t win something for being one of the first to cross the finish line alive? Lose them both and well…you’re toast. You can still finish as a dead man though.  Join the festivities at the end, dead or alive.

Held at the old abandoned St. George Airport St. George, Utah just minutes away from Best Western Coral Hills.

Zombie Run 5K

No runners were actually harmed/bitten in the Zombie Run 5K

So, what do the Zombies do? Your goal for the duration of the race is to take lives and have fun doing it.  On the day of the race you will be transformed into a Zombie and given your area and assignment.  Some will be chaser Zombies and some will be creeper Zombies. A chaser does just that, chases the runners.  A creeper scares the runner and distracts while another creeper or chaser steals a life from the runner’s belt.  Unfortunately you may not tackle, hold or hug the participants and please absolutely not biting (sorry vampire wannabes this is a zombie run). Once the race is over come join us at the finish line for the after party.

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September 2, 2013

Labor Day 2013 in St. George Utah

Labor Day 2013 in St. George, Utah

BWCH Housekeepping Staff

What do we do on Labor Day?  Why, we LABOR of course!  Enjoy YOUR holiday weekend.

Thank you for staying with us!

At the Best Western Coral Hills we help y0u celebrate the Labor Day weekend offering the best we have to offer.  What kind of Labor Day would it be if you didn’t go swimming?  We have TWO POOLS and spas to help with that.  Is it Labor Day without going out to eat even once?  We have 13 restaurants within 3 blocks to help that happen.  All American fare on Labor Day?  YES, that is something that cannot be missed…and Iceberg’s shakes, burgers and fries are just on the corner from us.  Need to get the shopping bug out of your system?  You know what?  We have several great , unique shops and, art studios just moments away…walking OR driving.

Curious about the origins of Labor Day?  HERE is one history of the holiday compiled by About.com. There’s even a quiz at the bottom for the kids who are out of school today and miss their homework.

Whatever you do this Labor Day, do it safe, have fun, enjoy family and come back to us soon.

- Staff, BEST WESTERN Coral Hills, St. George, UT

 

 

 

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August 26, 2013

Visitors Information for St. George, Utah

Visitors Information for St. George, Utah is readily available at the front desk of Best Western Coral Hills or at the St. George Chamber of Commerce located two doors away.

FREE maps of the Downtown, Historic District are available at either location.

The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.

Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale

Visitors Information inside the Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale

On interesting bits of history regarding the courthouse:

Legend has it that the domed cupola on the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George was designed specifically for hangings, although it never was used for that gruesome purpose.

But that’s not to say the county never had a hanging. 

Douglas Alder, a past president of the Washington County Historical Society and Dixie State University, said that in about 1875, a miner working north of St. George in Silver Reef was accused of killing a fellow miner. The alleged killer was arrested and jailed in the basement of the courthouse. But he wasn’t there long. Shortly after he was put in the jail, a group of the murder victim’s friends descended on the courthouse, broke out the prisoner and hung him from a nearby tree.

A common case that was heard within the walls of its upstairs courtroom in the late 19th century was theft charges against ranchers and farmers accused of releasing irrigation water too early, Alder said. Today, visitors to the historic building can watch a re-enactment of a water theft trial.

“We always find them guilty,” said Alder.

Alder tells another story about Will Brooks, a county sheriff in the early 19th century who was responsible for feeding the inmates. Alder said Brooks sometimes ignored jail procedure and took the prisoners home with him for a meal.

The basement jail space is now used for storage, while the Chamber of Commerce occupies the main floor. The former courtroom on the top floor is now used for lectures.

August 19, 2013

DOCUTAH Film Festival 2013 Returns

Docutah

September 3-7, 2013

DOCUTAH is a Southern Utah International Film Festival presented by Dixie State University in St. George. The 2013 festival will be it’s fourth year of run. Phil Tuckett, DOCUTAH Artistic Director and Director of the DSU Film Program planted the seed of DOCUTAH in 2009. A small group of individuals went to work to create the inaugural event in September of 2010. Since then we’ve had more than 800 films submitted from 60 plus countries and enjoyed meeting many wonderful filmmakers. These filmmakers are among festival attendees who come for the films, stay for the scenery and depart having experienced inspiration. DOCUTAH welcomes the world and at the same time embraces the community of Southern Utah.

Location:

The DOCUTAH festival is located in the southwestern corner of Utah between Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park. Films and events will be offered in several venues in the towns of Springdale, Kanab, St. George and Ivins.

This part of Utah is renowned for it’s close proximity to several national and state parks which are listed below. The area offers many outdoor activities for visitors such as sightseeing, hiking, camping, off-road adventures, boating, and golfing to name just a few.

Click HERE to link to the DOCUTAH site for Directions, Venues and Scheduling information. 

The BEST WESTERN Coral Hills also offers a discount to festival attendees.

 

 

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October 10, 2012

Halloween in St. George, Utah

Join us for these fun Halloween events!

Washington County School District Foundation invites you to celebrate Halloween on the Town and raise funds for Washington County Schools. “Halloween on the Town” features Southern Utah’s first “Haunted Cave” plus the family-friendly “Spooky Town Fair.”

While the Haunted Cave will entertain the community all month long, the Spooky Town Fair will be a one-day Halloween-themed fair-style event in downtown St. George at Town Square. All profits benefit the students in the Washington County School District.

For more information, dates and details click on the links above. Then make plans to join us during the month of October as we put the FUN back into FUNdraiser!

October 1, 2012

Thriller is back at Tuacahn

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If Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” isn’t part of your yearly Halloween tradition, it should be. The spooky spectacular combines technical aspects of dance while paying homage to the stars of All Hallows’ Eve.

Throughout the two-hour program, “Thriller” highlights all the heroes of the season, including Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, skeletons, mummies and werewolves. But among the ghouls, you’ll find other unlikely heroes of Halloween, such as Bubbles the Clown and the “Giggle Girl,” who sings and maniacally laughs her way through songs such as “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus.”

Critics agree that Odyssey Dance Theatre is nothing short of spectacular:

“Compelling dance performed to perfection! Young, trim, slim, and athletic…Great fun!” –The Spectrum

“Odyssey’s “Thriller”..a delightful “Dance Macabre”….As for humor, there were bucket loads. Laughs abounded during a “Romeo & Juliet” inspired “Frankenstein & Frankenstein” and “Jason Jam,” a work that used a lot of percussive dancing, a la “Stomp”, that spotlighted three “Friday the 13th” villains dancing with ice picks, machetes and, of all things, chain saws. The whole idea was cool…” — Scott Iwasaki, Deseret News.

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September 27, 2012

St. George Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm

dinosaur discovery museum

In 2000, local optometrist Dr. Sheldon Johnson was leveling a hill on his property in St. George, Utah. As he removed layers of sedimentary rock, he encountered a thick level of sandstone. As he tore it up in large blocks, a fantastic object was revealed – a three-dimensionally preserved dinosaur track. It was to be the first of thousands of tracks made by dinosaurs and other animals that have now been recognized or recovered from the numerous layers of sandstone and mudstone that formed almost 200 million years ago on the shores of an ancient lake in the vicinity of St. George.

 Dr. Johnson had seen dinosaur tracks in the region, but at first he was confused. The footprint he saw was visible in both the brittle clay below and also on the bottom of the sandstone block he had overturned. Experts, including Utah State Paleontologist, Dr. Jim Kirkland, came to help identify additional tracks at the site which revealed the extensive trackways to be found here.

Realizing that these tracks would be best served if they were maintained for scientific and educational purposes, Dr. Johnson and his wife, LaVerna, worked to set aside the land and its fossils. Eventually the Johnsons donated the tracks that had been found and arranged for the land to be cared for by the City of St. George. They worked with scientists, local businesses, and government officials on the local, state, and national level to create the museum that is here today. They founded the DinosaurAh!Torium Foundation that continues to preserve this site as a creative learning environment with hands-on activities that challenge, enlighten, and entertain the minds of all who come.

johnson farm dinosaur museum

The best preserved and most numerous of the tracks today form the in-place trackway and exhibits of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Many other fossils, including bones of dinosaurs and fish, shells of small aquatic animals, and leaves and seeds of plants, have joined the footprints to enable paleontologists to reconstruct the nearly 200 million year old ecosystem preserved here with unprecedented clarity, an extreme rarity for rocks of any time period.

Since the initial discovery, hundreds of thousands of visitors, including paleontologists from all over the world, have marveled at this unique discovery.

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